Meet the Kleinpeter Veterinarians

Dr. Donna Kleinpeter, DVM

Dr. Donna Kleinpeter grew up all over the United States, starting in California, and finishing up in 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in 1982, and then went on to Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine to get her Veterinary Degree in 1986. Since then she practiced in several multi-doctor, high-volume hospitals in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge. She opened Kleinpeter Veterinary Hospital in October, 1998 and has seen her practice grow from three employees to thirty-five, and four doctors. The hospital prides itself in being a full service practice, with grooming, day stay, boarding, internal medicine, and surgical capabilities. The hospital also has two full capacity generators that operate instantly during power outages and hurricanes.

Dr. Kleinpeter has been married to Leon Kleinpeter for over 26 years. They have one child who is currently in college and three dogs (JD, Charlie, and Luke), several cats at home and in the clinic (Olive, Truman, Thing 1, and Jenny).

Dr. Harriett Latkovich, DVM

Dr. Harriett Latkovich grew up in a small Arkansas town and attended Arkansas State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, she was accepted into Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Latkovich came to Louisiana to finish her clinical studies at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 before receiving her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2003. After marrying her husband Thomas, she began working at Kleinpeter Veterinary Hospital as the senior associate in 2004 and has been a member of the KVH family since that time. During her time with us, she has had two wonderful children – Thomas Jr. and Isabella. She is the proud mom of two fabulous cats – Penny and Sheldon – and her rescue dog Moses.

Dr. Sarah Cothron, DVM

Dr. Sarah Cothron grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in 2008 in Animal Science. She was accepted into Veterinary School at LSU and received a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduation, Dr. Cothron worked in a high volume, emergency clinic in Louisiana for 3 years before accepting a position as an associate at Kleinpeter Veterinary Hospital in 2014. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has special interest in dermatology, emergency medicine and surgery. In her free time, Dr. Sarah enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with her husband Chris and their son Beau, and their dog “Henri” and cat “Louie”.

Dr. Melanie Schroeder, DVM

Dr. Melanie Schroeder grew up in Baton Rouge and began her veterinary career as a veterinary assistant while attending LSU. Dr. Schroeder received her B.S. in dairy science from Louisiana State University in 2009 and attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Upon graduation she moved to Monroe, LA to work in a high volume, family oriented small animal practice. In 2015 Dr. Melanie got engaged to her now husband, Logan, and moved back to Baton Rouge where she worked as both a relief veterinarian in the area and an emergency veterinarian at a local animal emergency clinic. Together they have three dogs (Deuce, Harper, and Winston) and two cats (Huey and Oliver). When away from work, Dr. Schroeder enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.